Congratulations to the Students and Instructors who had such success in 2015
A Message from Janice Gunn
TNT’s competition obedience instructors, Maureen Murray and Lori Little and Rally Instructor Lale Aksu have put their hearts and souls into instructing and preparing their students for successful training and encourage and guide them into the ring. Our students have had a good year, and are enjoying the journey of competing with their dogs. And it is a journey, it is a learning experience, and
competing with your dog often shows you where you are in your
training and what you need to work on. Our instructors have had many triumphs with their own dogs this year, including rally, nose work, tracking, conformation, hunt tests, and of course competition obedience. They are talented and dedicated and that’s why TNT is the best!
Training is an on going learning experience, for myself as well. Once you think you know it all, well, you might as well pack it in for your ego has got the best of you. This is the reason I bring seminar presenters to TNT that are the best in their field of expertise. I highly recommend you attend these seminars. Yes your instructor might be the knowledgeable, but learning new and different skills and applying them to your training can really be very exciting for both you and your dog. In March 2016 Lindsey Sommer is coming to TNT, on July 30-Aug. 1 I have my Summer Camp and in November, Forrest Micke is returning. It would be great to see students of TNT attending all these events. It is surely an opportunity to learn some new training techniques and exercises. The Lindsey seminar and my Summer Camp are almost near capacity, when that happens registration will be cut off. The Forrest flyer will be out in the New Year. If you don’t want or can’t get a working spot, audit spots are still very valuable. I often learn more when I audit.
I have trained with some of the best instructors in the field of competition obedience. Anne Marie Silverton and Sylvia Bishop have been mentors for years and years and I have worked very closely with them. Others that I have worked with and that have influenced my training are Patty Ruzzo, Celeste Meade, and most recently, Forrest Micke. I have attended numerous seminars over the past 30 years on competition obedience, agility, tracking, reproduction, trick workshops and behavioural training. But not to stop there, I am headed to California early January to work one on one with the very best in driving building and motivational techniques and that is with the ultimate, Michael Ellis. Late January I will be flying to Reno to attend my 5th Clicker Expo Conference and in February I am giving a seminar in Hawaii.
In 2014, Remi my 2 year Labrador Retriever earned his Cdn/Am CD, CDX and UD. Last month at 3.5 years old Remi finished his American Obedience Trial Championship Title. The requirements of the Am. OTCH are very difficult and the competition in the USA is tough! This is an incredible feat, especially for such a young dog. Remi, with limited showing was listed as #15 Obedience Lab in the US and #5 in Canada. We have had many challenges to over come in training and also in the ring, and I couldn’t be prouder of what Remi has accomplished. Pounce, my 2.5 year old Golden Retriever earned her Cdn/Am CD and Am. CDX in 2015. As most of you know, I have a wonderful new Golden puppy named Sparks, whom has big paw prints to fill! The bond and intimate communication that obedience training has given me with my dogs is very special and something that I cherish.
Year End Awards
Janice Gunn’s Student Awards
Top Student – Sandra McKeller and Jewels (Bernese Mountain Dog)
Most Improved Student – Mary Jay Douglas and Cappy (Australian Shepherd)
(unfortunately we were not able to include pictures of Sandra and Mary Jay)
Maureen Murray’s Student Awards:
Top Student – Linda Moran/ Heidi Martin